Jordan Dotson

About Jordan Dotson

Jordan Dotson is the author of The Ballad of Falling Rock and the founder of, a writing-education platform for over one million college students worldwide.

Born and raised in Appalachian Virginia, Jordan moved to China in 2005 to study classical poetry and folk music. Over fourteen years in Asia, he worked as a journalist, musician, writing teacher, and college admissions counselor, eventually earning his MFA in Fiction from City University of Hong Kong.

As a writer, his short fiction, criticism, and literary translation have been featured in publications in the US, China, Singapore, and Japan, including anthologies at multiple Hong Kong universities. In 2019 he received the Scoundrel Time Editor’s Prize, and the same year his lone screenplay won the Jury Award in Narrative Shorts at more than thirty film festivals worldwide.

As an educator, Jordan has been featured in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and innumerable media outlets throughout China. In 2020, he founded WriteIvy to address global demand for writing instruction among applicants to the U.S.’s best graduate schools. In the years since, his guides and courses have been accessed by over one million students, thousands of whom are currently enrolled in PhD and Master’s programs at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, and many more. At least one doctoral program at MIT has told its applicants to “write the way WriteIvy tells you.”

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Jordan has published in both English and Chinese. Though he lived in Asia for 14 years and now resides in Boston, he still calls Southwest Virginia home.